What is the Reentry Mentor Initiative?
In keeping with the Mission Statement of the Division of Reentry Services to empower individuals with resources, support, and to promote successful reintegration into the community, the KY Department of Corrections is introducing our Reentry Mentor Initiative in 2019. The Reentry Mentor Initiative provides our justice-involved population an opportunity to be paired with a mentor who will help them identify and work towards life goals, navigate through the barriers they will face returning to the community after being incarcerated, and to develop pro-social inter personal and community relationships. The mentor relationship will begin while the individual is incarcerated and continue after they are released.
After completing specialized mentor training, mentors will be paired with a mentee at a state facility by the Division of Reentry Services. Mentors will be asked to meet with their mentees at least one time per month with additional options of communication via phone and e-mail. Mentors will be tasked with assisting their mentees with setting specific, measurable, and achievable life goals.
Who can mentor?
Those interested in being a Reentry Mentor must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be affiliated with a recognized organization
- Be willing to meet at least once a month with your assigned mentee
- Fill out a Reentry Mentor Application and submit to a background check (A past criminal record does not automatically disqualify someone from becoming a Reentry Mentor!)
- Attend Certified Volunteer training and Reentry Mentor training provided by the KY DOC
- Be dedicated to changing lives one person at a time!
Where is the Reentry Mentor Initiative available?
The Reentry Mentor Initiative is currently available at the following institutions:
- Blackburn Correctional Complex, Lexington, KY
- Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Lagrange, KY
- Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, Pewee Valley, KY
More institutions to be added soon!
How do I become a mentor?
If you wish to become a mentor in the Reentry Mentor Initiative, please complete and submit the application to the Division of Reentry Services at ReentryMentor@ky.gov.